Best Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers

You all know by now that I am second hand junkie but not all my finds are ready to move right in. Most of them are diamonds in the rough but fortunately I am good at spotting potential. Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite makeovers that brought thrift store finds from frumpy to fabulous!

Some projects I have in mind before I buy, like my Radio Cat House. I didn’t have a radio in mind specifically just a piece of furniture up on legs so I could add an access point below. When I spotted this super cool radio with a bad gilding job and some pealing veneer I knew it would be perfect with a little bit of TLC.


Others just need a quick refresh with a new coat of paint like my Coral Bamboo Night Stand.

and some need just the opposite like the layers and layers of drippy paint I stripped off this Heywood Wakefield Nightstand.

Sometimes my finds are destined for a completely new look like this transformation from 7o’s side table to a modern Metal Based Night Stands.

Or my mid-century Coffee Table turned Bench that I actually passed on the first go round because of its laminate top. Once it came to me to convert it to a bench the laminate top didn’t matter anymore.

Occasionally my finds find each other and make perfect pairs like my Lavender Vanity/Desk

and my Color Block Chair.

Some are experiments like this little dresser I used to decide if I liked using  Chalk Paint or not. (I did…but not as much as spray paint.) 

or my Mid Century Bookshelf that was a collection of garage sale finds combined to make one great piece.

Some are celebrities like my Green Chest that made it into HGTV Magazine this month.

and some where such a labor of love that they have become my favorites like my Mid Century Desk Makeover.

But not matter where they started a little elbow grease and some creative thinking gave these bargains a second life and me a little extra change in my pocket. Next time you out be sure you don’t overlook those diamonds in the rough.

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Comments

  1. Great upcycling! The midcentury bookshelf makeover is my favorite. Well done!
    Cheers from Germany,
    Steph

    • Thank you Steph, one of my favorites too. After our two years living in Germany I still miss it terribly. Hopefully we will get a chance to go back and visit sometime.

  2. Wow, Maggie, you completed so many fantastic furniture makeovers! You definitely have a great eye for seeing the potential…

  3. I love the pieces you put you in your mastet! All the heart eyes

  4. I love them all so much.

I'd love to hear what you think!

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